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August 23, 2013
"Ballad of the Big Boy" (Titans of the Wasatch) - Band version: Filmed on Big Boy 4,014:
This is a song about the BIGGEST steam locomotive in the world that ran on the Union Pacific Railroad line. The 'Big Boys' were used on the Overland Route on long continuous climbs at the summit of Sherman and west of Green River through the Wasatch range. They were first called the "titans of the Wasatch," but quickly adopted the name 'Big Boy' - which was written on one of the drive rods by an unknown worker at ALCO.
TITANS OF THE WASATCH (BALLAD OF THE BIG BOY)
Listen up my friends won't you lend an ear?,
tell ya bout the biggest steam Engine in the world
600 tons of iron loving fun ,
Rolls down the tracks like a huge leviathan
Big Boy, Big Boy, Hear the power and the rumble of a big, big boy
Big Boy, Big Boy ,Throttle up, the always tough big big boy
Bout 6,000 horses, maybe even more,
There's never been a bigger engine on the UP line,
When I think about it I get shivers up my spine
Big Boy, Big Boy Full head of steam, ah lookn mean Big Big Boy
Big Boy, Big Boy The steepest grade, will never sway a Big Big Biy
You heard about Elijah called fire from the sky,
Moses made the Red sea split from side to side
The walls of Jericho came tumbling down with a crash,
Now you know about those titans of the Wahsatch
Big Boy, Big Boy Nothing can compare Big, big Boy
Big Boy, Big Boy The awesome strength and might of a big big boy
There ain't nothing quite like a Big Big Boy
Someday I wanna ride on a big big boy
Up and over Sherman pass, and the mountains in utah,
This giant locomotive, can easily climb them all
Overland through green river, Cheyenne to Laramie,
A big boy goin' down the track's a real sight to see
Big Boy, Big Boy See them driv'n wheels a pound'n on a big big boy
Big Boy Big Boy Through the plains of wyom'n rides a big big boy
The Altar Billies are a trio from Orange County California fronted by guitarist/vocalist Michael W Stand. Rounding out the group are Johnny X on upright and Chuck Cummings on Drums. The group covers many classics hits, as well as newly penned originals. Altar Billies are one of many groups that are taking a "liking" to a new and rapidly growing alt country/rockabilly/ psychobilly trend (Punktry as they like to call it).
The group has been playing all over Southern California for about 6 years. They perform for a large variety of audiences both young and old. Altar billies have played at such venues as the Orange County Fair, Orange Street Fair, Silverado Canyon concert series, as well as many clubs in the OC area. They have also opened several times for local OC icon Big Sandy, as well as for Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats..
The group has released several singles recorded live at NRG studios in Hollywood (recording studio for such acts as No Doubt and John Fogerty). They include "Hold on" and "You Can't Look Up, when you're Look'n Down," "You Found me," and their very popular: "I'm still Stand'n." All are available on itunes or can be viewed on the the Altar Billies Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAltarBillies?feature=watch
The Altar Billies are proud to carry the rockabilly torch and keep this musical heritage alive and relevant. They are 3 swell guys that work hard, play together really well and have a good time in the process!
Union Pacific 4,014 "Ballad of the Big Boy" ROCKABILLY - Altar Billies